After the failure of the Legoland park in Charleroi, a look back at some successful transformations of former industrial sites in Wallonia

According Pierre Castelain, the success of these projects depends on a great anticipatory work:It’s a lot of upstream work that is necessary to know what the needs are on the territory, and therefore, where we put housing, where we put economic activity. We must anticipate these questions as well as possible.“.

Still according to the spokesperson, the second condition for success is a strong partnership between public and private actors. “On the one hand, the public players, whether municipalities or the SPI, must make the sites to be developed attractive at the economic level, but also in terms of mobility. The private sector takes up the challenge of investing in a site on which the public has already made efforts“, explain Pierre Castelain.

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